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If you’re a current smoker that is wanting to switch to vaping or a new vaper just starting out on your journey, chances are you’ve probably got a lot of questions you’re not really sure what the answers are. It’s completely understandable and you’re not the first person and certainly won’t be the last either!
Vaping does certainly have a lot of questions surrounding it, and it can be a bit of a minefield to navigate on the internet to find the right answers to these questions, but never fear that’s what this blog is all about! I’m going to pick what I deem the top 5 questions that new vapers will have about Vaping and endeavour to answer them to give you peace of mind on vaping to show that it really isn’t as bad as what people make it out to be!
Are E-Cigarettes actually less harmful than cigarettes?
Let’s start with the most commonly asked question by anyone, not just new vapers as it’s a relatively simple and straight forward one to answer truth be told! And I’ll lean on the statement that Public Health England made about this back in 2016, and that was
E-CIGARETTES ARE 95% SAFER THAN SMOKING
This is a statement I’ve referenced a lot to in my previous articles, and for good reason as a massive governing body like PHE making such a big statement certainly shows it has some weight behind it. And just last year, this statement was reaffirmed in a study that was commissioned by Public Health England that using e-cigarettes carry a significant less risk than what smoking does.
There are over 7000 different chemicals that are produced when a cigarette is lit, with the vast majority of these being classed as toxic, as well as at least 60 of them being scientifically proven to cause cancer. Contrary to popular belief, Nicotine is NOT one of these harmful chemicals. This is something I will cover a little further on in this article.
With vaping, there are some of the same chemicals produced in vapour that are produced in cigarette smoke, but in such miniscule amounts that they are not deemed dangerous like what the ones in cigarettes are. The reason that Vaping cannot be deemed more than 95% safe is down to the fact that no long term research has been done on vaping due to it not being present for long enough for the right amount of time. But being the optimist, I’d like to think that when the time does come, the % rate will see an increase for sure.
Is Nicotine harmful?
As promised from above, let’s discuss another burning question on every new vapers lips and that is whether nicotine is harmful or not.
And this is another easily answered question. Nicotine is not classed a harmful chemical.
Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical, and care must be taken when considering to use it as an addiction can be easily formed and this isn’t an addiction that is easy to overcome (however, not impossible) but it certainly is not one of the many harmful chemicals that are found in cigarettes and cigarette smoke.
Nicotine does not cause, nor does it play any part in smoking related diseases such as forms of cancer, or heart & lung disease which is a common belief of people who are not educated on the subject.
Dr McEwan spoke to Cancer Research UK in an interview and said:
“There’s a common misconception that you can overdose on nicotine using e-cigarettes. But you are in no danger of poisoning yourself, nor have there been any cases of overdose from inhaling the nicotine-containing fluid that an e-cigarette vaporises, known as e-liquid. So you can use your e-cigarette as often as you need to help manage nicotine withdrawal and urges to smoke.”
And that is coming direct from a Doctor, a trained professional in the field of medicine, and for him to make these statements on a reputable platform such as the Cancer Research UK website, there’s obviously a huge weight of truth behind this.
Will E-Cigarettes actually help me quit smoking?
Yes, absolutely using an e-cigarette will help you quit smoking. And it isn’t just me saying this, there’s actually been studies to prove this fact as well. A study carried out in 2021 showed that new vapers who used an e-cigarette to quit smoking, as well as getting expert advice and support from their local stop smoking service were twice as likely to successfully quit smoking than those who used a more “traditional” nicotine replacement therapy option such as nicotine patches, nicotine gum or nicotine sprays.
This is down to the fact that using an E-Cigarette gives you full control and flexibility on your nicotine intake as vape juice has varying nicotine levels that cater to everyone’s needs for nicotine. You’ll want to use a vape juice nicotine strength that matches up to how much you previously smoked. Let me go into this in more detail…
How do I know which Nicotine strength Vape Juice to use?
This is a really common question asked by people who are new vapers, and it’s absolutely imperative that you pick the correct nicotine level that you need to successfully switch from smoking to vaping without the urge to still want to smoke cigarettes. I’ve written a brief guide to give you an idea what nicotine strength would be right for you based on how many cigarettes you smoked.
- 1-10 Cigarettes a day – A 6mg nicotine strength would be recommended.
- 11-20 Cigarettes a day – A 12mg Nicotine strength would be recommended.
- 20+ Cigarettes a day – An 18mg Nicotine Strength or 20mg Nicotine Salts would be recommended.
This is just my rough estimate to what I think would be best suited for you, and if you find that the vape juice you buy is too strong and harsh on your throat, drop down a strength, and if the opposite happens and it’s not strong enough, then move up a strength and you will be sorted!
Is Vaping actually cheaper than smoking?
Finishing up this blog with yet another easily answered question, which is the one above, and the simple answer is YES…Vaping is A LOT cheaper than smoking!
The cost of cigarettes in the UK today is currently at the highest it’s ever been, with a pack of 20 cigarettes costing on average around £12. And when you take into consideration that some people are smoking 20 cigarettes a day, that equates to over £80 a week just on cigarettes, a cost that many people can ill afford during this current cost of living crisis that we are all living in currently.
Compare this to the fact that you can pick up a bottle of cheap e-liquid from us here at Vape69 for just 69p a bottle, and also a 10ml bottle of vape juice will last on average for 2-3 days if you use it conservatively, it’s an absolute fraction of the cost of what smoking is!